Hundreds evacuated as US wildfires grow

2012-06-10 22:28
Smoke billows from the Little Bear fire in southeastern New Mexico near Ruidoso. (Mark Wilson, AP/Roswell Daily Record)

Smoke billows from the Little Bear fire in southeastern New Mexico near Ruidoso. (Mark Wilson, AP/Roswell Daily Record) (Mark Wilson)

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Loveland - Growing wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico have forced hundreds of people from their homes.

A blaze burning in northern Colorado on Sunday has grown to 57km² within about 24 hours and destroyed or damaged 18 structures. A fire in southern New Mexico that began Friday is now listed at 104km² due to better mapping. It has destroyed at least 20 structures.

The New Mexico fire is much closer to homes than the Whitewater-Baldy fire, the largest fire in the state's history. It's also still burning.

No containment lines have been built around the latest Colorado or New Mexico fires.

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